Meet the North Acre Team
Meet Liz Francis, a Billings, Montana native with expansive knowledge of the region and its real estate industry.
Liz began her career in the real estate industry as the Marketing Director for a local title company. In this role, Liz built lasting relationships with local bankers, realtors, and other market participants that make the industry go. With college degrees in psychology and international business, Liz offers an impressive dynamic of both marketing and negotiation expertise to her clients.
This comprehensive background combined with her enthusiasm and commitment to her clients resulted in Liz being a two-time readers choice pick for Billings Best Realtor.
To best serve her clients, Liz started her own boutique real estate company, North Acre Real Estate. Liz manages North Acre with her partner, and finds tremendous joy in guiding fellow real estate professionals.
Liz cherishes her own “home” in Billings that she shares with her husband and two children and is honored anytime she can assist others in finding their home.
As a lifetime resident enjoying Montana's natural playground, Amanda's insight & experience connects clients with their vision of Montana living. Her commitment to the industry shifted full time & full speed ahead in 2013. Since then she led one of the areas top producing real estate teams for 2015, & launched her previous firms Luxury Homes Division. 2017 brought the opportunity to partner up with the creation of North Acre Real Estate. As supervising broker & co-owner of this independent real estate office, her love for marketing-design, training & leadership continues to new levels. Amanda continues to stay in front of the trends through specialized trainings, national networking resources, & professional memberships. Her commitment to excellence in client services is strengthened through earned designations which include Graduate Real Estate Institute, Certified New Home Specialist™ & Residential Construction Certified™.
From first time buyer/sellers, to those looking for investment or new construction opportunities that are uniquely Montana, Amanda is prepared to deliver a smooth & tailored real estate experience at every price range.
My name is Kari. I have lived in the Billings area for the last 10 years with my husband and 3 children. I am love the sense of community we have and enjoy being a part of it.
Helping others find their homes here is such a wonderful experience and I take great pride in making it a joyful process.
As a Montana native and an avid real estate investor it only seemed natural for Drew to dive into the real estate world full time. Three years ago Drew joined North Acre Real estate as an agent and continues to find success for himself and his clients. Whether it be helping a first time home buyer, finding just the right luxury property, or helping an investor expand their commercial portfolio Drew loves every aspect of the profession. Drew is quoted as saying he is truly honored when someone puts their trust in him to assist with the biggest purchase they will ever make in their life. As a true Montana native Drew enjoys hunting, working out, being outside, and most importantly snowboarding.
Sarah Blatchford shows her integrity, hard work, and superior service in every detail of your real estate transaction. She grew up in Billings and returned to her home town after receiving her degree from Grace University in Omaha, NE. Her love of family shows in her activities and fun she has with her husband and five kids. She has been involved with her husband’s business of building, design, and remodeling homes for the last 15 years. She has always have had a love for working in and with homes, so the transition to being a Realtor® was an easy one for her.
It’s my privilege to help in the process of getting you a piece of the American Dream! My experience in real estate started on the closing end of transactions working at a title company for 4 years. I have extensive knowledge working with all loan types and the closing process. My passion and specialty is in VA loans and working with our Military Veterans. As a Veteran wife, I want to help alleviate any stress that might come with closing a VA loan and the home buying process in general. As a token of my appreciation, I donate a portion of my commission every year to a Montana Veteran Nonprofit Organization. Help support our Veterans by choosing me as your agent!
Hi! My name is Kim Connolly and I was born and raised on a small sugar beet farm in Eastern Montana. After graduating high school, I moved to Billings to attend MSUB to strengthen my background in Business and eventually set down some roots of my own. I have called Billings home ever since. I started my career in real estate at a local title & escrow company where I loved watching people achieve their own American dream! Having this background has given me the knowledge to create solutions for a multitude of issues that can arise in this industry. Since then, I have gone on to join the team at North Acre as a Real Estate Agent. I’m high energy and extremely dedicated. I have a son who is 13 years old and he keeps me busy! I remember when my son and I found our forever home, it’s an amazing feeling and I would love to help you find yours! It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or forever home, I’m here to help you find your place to set down your own roots to call home.
Hi, my name is Leslie McLinden. I was born and raised on a small farming/ranching operation outside of Jamestown, ND. It was a beautiful, quiet life where I learned the value of smaller communities. When I graduated high school, unlike the majority of my peers that headed to larger cities and eastern schools, I headed west towards Montana, and I haven’t really left since. I have lived in Billings, MT for the last 18 years, and have come to find it as my home- there is absolutely nowhere else I’d like to be! I see Billings as the best of worlds bringing together the plains and mountains and throwing in some rim rocks just to keep it interesting.
My professional background has always been in service to others, whether it was teaching, retail management, or volunteering, I have always had assisting others at my core. In 2018, I expanded that want to assist others by obtaining my real estate license. I have always enjoyed real estate, and helping people find one of the seven basic needs- a home, was just a natural fit.
I live in Billings with my husband Ross, whom I’ve been with for 17 years, and our two children Madeline and Hunter. I enjoy spending time with them going on walks, exploring new neighborhoods, always finding a new park/playground to visit, and in general just living our best lives together.
Hello! My name is Amanda Martin. I am so lucky to have been born and raised in the beautiful state of
Montana. My husband, our cocker spaniel and I love to go camping and float the river in the summer.
Our niece, nephews and friends’ kids mean the world to us. They keep us laughing and light hearted.
I was in the banking industry for seven years and during that time I was able to learn, grow and meet incredible people. In 2015 I began working for a Residential Appraiser, this is where I fell in love with the real estate industry. My experience on the appraisal side of a transactions brings another perspective to the table.
My husband and I remember how we felt when we found our home, and now I couldn’t be happier to help my clients feel the same way. Enthusiasm, hard work, dedication, honesty and constant communication goes into every transaction as I am helping a client fall in love with the perfect home, or say good-bye to one as they start a new chapter.
After spending time together, finding the perfect home, working through the contract and finally making it to the closing table, I love that my clients turn into friends.
Real Estate is about relationships. Our homes are a strong impression of who we are. It is my objective, to get to know you and find out what your needs and goals are. With this knowledge I can better serve you in the buying or selling process. I strive to be educated and well versed in my field.
I have made it my goal to serve my clients with honesty and integrity. If you are looking to buy or sell a home, please call or text or email me and let's talk about it over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, while we pet a pooch and celebrate anything and everything- that’s how I roll!
McHatton Makes It Happen!
Jake Penwell has several roles and responsibilities, but none as important as husband to his incredible wife and Dad to three kids that keep life from getting monotonous. Jake is also a Veteran, entrepreneur, and 6th generation Montanan with a passion for the Treasure State and all the unique opportunities it provides. Jake has always viewed realty as his way to advocate for the Montana way-of-life while simultaneously helping clients navigate through one of the most significant purchases in their lives. Assisting friends, new and old, to find the perfect home for their unique set of circumstances, are some of Jake’s most fulfilling moments. Contact Jake today for all of your real estate needs!
I have been a Montana resident for over 25 years. I ventured here from seeking good colleges and an accessible outdoor life. After many years in healthcare I decided that something more adventurous that would still allow me to help people along the way was what I had been seeking. Real Estate is where I truly needed to be and I plan to stay indefinitely. This complex career allows me to challenge and further educate myself in ways I never imagined. Along the way I have become MRP Certified (Military Relocation Professional) which enables me to help military clients on a higher level. I soon plan to earn my Brokers License which will expand my knowledge base even further. Whether you are a first time home buyer or downsizing, walking clients through the buying and selling process is what I absolutely love to do!!
My husband and I and our two Sons have bought our first home together, then built our second home so I know the excitement but also the stress that can come with both of these. These experiences will allow me to assist you with patience and understanding in your process too!
Hello! I am, Cindy Herman, I moved to Montana in 2017 with my husband and two kids. Montana was exactly what we were looking for. I come into the real estate profession from a 14-year progressive health care career. Combing health care and real estate allows me to build connections with people, which I love to do. I am here to help here to help whether you’re buying your first home or seeking your dream retirement residence. Let me help make your buying and selling experience feel seamless.